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Powell's in the Press

  1. "A mammoth oasis of new and used books on the edge of the Pearl District where it’s easy to lose yourself for half a day among the friendly hipsters…" – The Globe and Mail, March 2012, "The Best Bookstores in North America"
  2. "You may faint from ecstasy after you walk into Powell’s for the first time….the selection of fiction, nonfiction and children’s books is vast enough to keep you busy rifling through the titles for a lifetime." –, May 2011, "The World's Most Inspiring Bookstores"
  3. "Few independent bookstores are more iconic than Powell's Books. Even readers who've never been to Portland, Oregon, know about the store from its ads in places like the New Yorker, or from its prominent online presence, or from its reputation as the largest new- and used-book store in the world. The sixty-eight-thousand-square-foot space is divided into nine color-coded rooms, which together house more than 3,500 sections. From the moment you walk in, it feels as if you could find anything there." – Poets & Writers, March 2010
  4. "The alternative America of Portland is epitomised by the presence of Powell's City of Books, a must-see for anyone with even a passing interest in reading. I could have got lost in there for a couple of days were it not for the jetlag and pressing itinerary. Powell's stocks a myriad of second-hand books, some rare, some not-so rare, and is so big it takes up a block of its own. If you do love books and you go to Portland, to miss Powell's would be nothing short of criminal." – South Wales Echo
  5. "…Powell's continued success points to Portland's wily, geeky business acumen: the store does a brisk online business, holds money-making book events and still utterly beguiles everyone else in the world who loves books." –
  6. "The point is Powell's probably is the world's greatest bookstore. It is a place of staggering ambition, hidden in the very humble wrapper of a worn-out warehouse. Any library we seek tax money to build ought to measure up to Powell's or it isn't worth it." – The Seattle Times 
"Call it Amazon with a soul. Based in Portland, Oregon, Powell's offers as sizeable a selection as its online and mega-store competitors, and its blogs keep you better informed about literary options than any 'personalized' recommendations list." – 

  8. "I love the unique sense of expectancy that, time and again, carries me into Powell's. It's not unlike the anticipation wrought by a great book...and it is the hallmark of a great bookstore." – The Oregonian, July 2007

  9. "A Portland landmark for new and used books — so vast you need a map to navigate. The children's section, like everything here, is phenomenally well stocked." – New York Times, March 2007 

  10. "An attractive destination for anyone with a healthy appetite for the written word." – Financial Times 

  11. "Best bookstore: Powell's in Portland, Ore. Use every superlative you can think of ... and it probably will fit this oversized warehouse of a store." – The Times-Picayune, December 2004 
"Underlying all of the decisions about services and site content is the company's passion for reading and books." – OP Magazine, July/August 2004 

  13. "The once heretical notion of putting new books next to used ones turned out to be absolutely brilliant." – Inc. Magazine, May 2004
"With three rambling floors covering an entire city block, the flagship store (there are now five locations) is a bibliophile's mother lode..." – Washington Post, November 16, 2003 

  15. "The greatest bookstore in the world, bar none, sprawls in the blandest of buildings on Portland's Burnside Street....The store that calls itself the City of Books has been dubbed 'the best bookstore in the English-speaking world' (author Susan Sontag), 'the world's greatest bookstore' (– Seattle Times), 'the mother monster of bookstores' (author Ursula Le Guin), and 'one of the most innovative and creative enterprises in the country' (– Wall Street Journal). How does Powell's, an independent in a sea of chain stores, stay afloat? Answers: a vast offering of used books, a stunning selection of out-of-print books, a crammed roomful of rare books, its knowledgeable and verbose staffers, the comfortable ambience of the mother store, and its secret weapon:" – VIA: The Magazine For The Western Traveler, March 2003 

  16. "Party crasher Ralph Nader, on walking Monday night through Mike Powell's bookstore: 'This is what civilization should look like.'" – The Oregonian, January 23, 2002 


    "There simply is no place in America like Powell's. No bookstore is so big or so meticulously organized, and none has such a psychic hold on so large a community.... Authors on book tours have been known to ask for an extra day [in Portland] just to wander its aisles." – John Balzar, Los Angeles Times 

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Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at